Have Beer, Lose Guns – Are Anti-Gun-Rights Warriors Drunk With Power?

H/T AmmoLand.

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- In the incessant effort to disarm the American public and turn the nation socialist—evincing a design to reduce us under absolute despotism—Congress and the states, with mass media and misguided countrymen in tow, have been using the joy of alcohol to take your firearms.

They have come a long way, boiling the frog slowly under the radar, but you and I know it. Permits for carrying firearms discreetly already come with a ban on possession in places serving alcohol. That’s almost anywhere decent you might want to eat. There’s no inherent danger in owning sidearms in a restaurant, especially if you don’t consume alcohol (the typical requirement), but the gun ban tied to the eating ban is now virtually complete across the nation. Several narrow exceptions exist.

We were all taught that guns and alcohol don’t mix. It’s a reasonable safety rule. How many of you remember a traditional rural Christmas, where after a giant family meal with plenty of wine or whatever, a bottle followed the men and their shootin’ irons to mix on the back porch for some plinking, cigars, and talk unfit for polite company? People survived it and grew up healthy and strong. I’m just sayin’. In a truly free society, you’re responsible for yourself. No blood no foul. Anti-rights advocates don’t buy any of that.

Guns and Cars

A close parallel and “good next step” to the no-drinking restaurant ban for antis is the frequent demand to treat guns the same way we treat vehicles. Aside from the obvious license and registration elements getting all the attention, the restriction on drinking and driving is an underplayed back story here.

If you can’t operate a car with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08, easily reached after a few beers, how could you possibly justify possession of “dangerous loaded handguns” under similar intoxication? This point has morphed into the carry-permit schemes of some states, further poisoning those already gross paperwork-permit infringements.

By extension, the point goes much further. However, it just hasn’t been discussed openly, for fear of tipping the socialists’ hands. If a person is watching sports at home, and consuming as much beer or other adult beverages as the game demands, why wouldn’t the drunk driving rules apply to firearm possession indoors? Don’t laugh; these rules already exist—in a slightly different form at home.

Remember, the left and their disarmament cohorts have dreamed up other absolutely outrageous schemes for justifying “legally” taking away your guns, remember? The guns are made of the wrong materials (they melt too easily), the magazines are the wrong size (they hold as much ammo as police think they need for crime prevention and self-defense), the hunting scopes are really sniper scopes, the guns are too inexpensive, have the wrong safeties, aren’t on the list, you know the litany. It doesn’t end.

So how can “we” (the collective socialist “we” where government is “we” enforcing its notions through the use of armed force) allow “you” (the proletariat under control for the good of society) be “allowed” (that dangerous word, allowed, implying your freedom exists because someone else says so, not because you are free to act), to possess arms at the same time you possess enough alcohol to incapacitate the Coast Guard? The left wing already has announced plans to limit how much ammo you ought to be “allowed” to have. A full gallon of bourbon?

Inebriation

If you suspect regulating your alcohol possession, and tying it to your gun possession seems far-fetched, think of it in context of the larger issue of mental health and capacity to safely own and operate, well, anything.

The rules already exist, at the federal and state level for banning guns based on possession of other inebriants, Schedule 1 drugs. Work is underway to add people to the banned list based on prior legal prescriptions. The attempt was made to ban gun ownership based on a secret police list (secret police? in America?) for air travel (which failed, fortunately, for now).

You are also banned from gun possession if anyone living in your home is a prohibited possessor because that person can’t have access to even a single round of ammunition. So any gun or ammo out in the open, where it might be used, puts you in felony violation of the law (without any harm or actual malum in se crime done). But wait, there’s more. We’re way beyond beer here.

While you can’t walk into a restaurant in many states to eat with your discreetly carried sidearm, even if you don’t imbibe, you can walk into a convenience store and buy a 24-pack of beer and two-fifths of bourbon to wash it all down, while armed to the teeth. You know where that booze is going—down the gullet. How can polite society allow that? (Now the left is polite?)

Worse still, if you’re dead drunk (still legal) and you legitimately shoot a murderous intruder in your home, can prosecutors enter your blood alcohol into the record and use it against you? Sure they can, there’s no protection against this—but maybe there should be some. “§101: Blood-alcohol level is not a factor in justifiable self-defense if no tangential harm is done.” That’s good law. How about if you’re out in public at the time? “See §101.”

Public drunkenness is illegal, but a difficult charge if you’re not exhibiting symptoms. But if you’re armed and drunk, well, it depends. Which state? Got a permit? Who’s the prosecutor? The left would love to make a case for: “got alcohol – no guns” because anything that disarms the public is a good idea (to them).

A national blood-alcohol limit on being able to carry—the step before banning possession, or even ownership, for people in possession of dangerous inebriants (beer), is in their playbook, and already on the playing field. Arizona’s laws, like some states, makes the alcohol driving charge stick if “impaired to the slightest degree.” Yes, that’s the rule.

Next, we’re going to look at the medical-marijuana craze sweeping the country. That one is already on the books. Your pot card, and your gun card (which libertarians warned you about), both databased, are easily compared. Barack Hussein Obama knew that when he said, sure, go ahead, enjoy your dope as I did back in college, we’re not going to do anything about that. Yet.

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Ilhan Omar Loses It In Foreign Affairs Committee… Attacks Witness

H/T Godfather Politics.

 Ilhan Omar is the face crazy and Anti-Semitisim dominating the DemocRat party today.

President Trump’s Venezuela envoy clashes with Ilhan Omar at hearing: ‘That is a ridiculous question.’

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar got into a ludicrous back and forth with the US special envoy to Venezuela by asking the diplomat a question and then flagrantly ignoring his response.

Anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omardefames Jewish-American hero Elliott Abrams:

Free Beacon:

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) and U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams got into a fiery exchange on Wednesday that began with her wondering why anything he said could be considered credible after his role in the Iran-Contra scandal.

Abrams testified in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the U.S. response to the crisis in Venezuela, which has collapsed under far-left policies that have decimated its economy and caused hyperinflation, starvation and medical shortages. The Trump administration is supporting Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and said authoritarian President Nicolas Maduro must step down and leave the country.

Omar opened her questioning by calling Abrams “Mr. Adams” and recounting Abrams’ misdemeanor guilty pleas for withholding information from Congress over the Iran-Contra scandal while he worked in the Reagan administration. He was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

“I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony that you give today to be truthful,” Omar said.

Abrams sought to respond, but Omar said it wasn’t a question as the two spoke over each other.

“It is not right that members of this committee can attack a witness who is not permitted to reply,” Abrams said.

She went on to recount his 1982 congressional testimony about U.S. policy toward El Salvador, where as Assistant Secretary of State he said reports about the El Mozote massacre perpetrated by the Salvadoran Army weren’t credible. Omar discussed the details of the massacre and quoted Abrams’s remarks that U.S. policy there was a “fabulous achievement.” More

Elliott Abrams is Jewish, Republican and supportive of the Venezuelan people all three things that Omar really detests. She’s never going to change, no matter what lip service she gives to “learning from my Jewish colleagues.” She is an anti-Semite and will always be an anti-Semite. I expect more a lot more vileness from her.

 

Arizona ranked BOTH best AND worst for guns?

H/T JPFO.

 

GUN DEBATE HAS GONE CRAZY, BEYOND PARTISAN

Brady group, and major gun group reach 100% different result

Arizona has been ranked the number one state in the nation for good gun laws and the best place for gun ownership, by the largest consumer publication in the industry, Guns & Ammo, a fact virtually hidden by mass media. In contrast, the Brady group, which fights for restrictive gun-control, has given Arizona an “F,” trumpeted by media nationally. The omission highlights the distorted view news media presents to the public, a bias the journalism industry vehemently denies.

Even more significant, the nation’s fierce debate over guns and their role in society not only doesn’t happen on a level playing field, it is taking place without gravity. That the two main competing sides can rate a single player in such a diametric way suggests the core values of the teams, and not the facts of the situation, control the outcome of the debate. JPFO sees this as extremely dangerous to the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Balancing government power and exercising the G-d given natural right of self defense are in jeopardy.

If consideration of your rights can be so distorted that opponents can’t discern values, or accurately interpret our Constitution and history, the nation runs the risk of declining into lawlessness and chaos. In that event, it is a powerfully good thing the public is well armed, for it will be needed. It is JPFO’s position that Arizona is indeed a bastion of rights and sails a proper course. Giving it an “F” rating is a perverse distortion of what is good, just and constitutional. What Brady and their supporters seek diminishes human and civil rights, leaving criminals virtually unchecked in every case.

Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, http://www.jpfo.org is America’s most aggressive civil-rights organization, dedicated to destroying the notion of “gun control” as any kind of credible public-policy position. So-called “gun control” does not control guns and doesn’t control criminal behavior. What it does do is disarm the innocent, leaving them helpless in the face of criminals, tyrannical governments and genocide. History repeatedly proves this fact. Founded in 1989 by Aaron Zelman as a response to the Holocaust, JPFO speaks with the moral authority and tenacious commitment of survivors of persecution, and knows that surrendering your personal and family safety to government protection courts disaster. “You don’t have to be Jewish to fight by our side, you just have to love liberty.”

School Hires Combat Vets With Rifles To ‘Put Down’ Active Shooters

H/T CBS 2 Miami.

Somebody at Manatee School for the Arts understands to stop a bad guy with a gun it takes a good guy with a gun.

PALMETTO, Fla. (CBS Local) — A charter school in Florida has hired two combat veterans to patrol the grounds with semi-automatic rifles to protect students from any active shooters, according to officials.

Principal Bill Jones said he wants to make sure if an armed intruder were to enter the campus of Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto, they would be met with swift, overwhelming and deadly force.

“If someone walks onto this campus, they’re going to be shot and killed,” Jones told The Bradenton Herald. “We’re not going to talk with them. We’re not going to negotiate. We are going to put them down, as quickly as possible.”

All schools in Florida were mandated to have armed security on campus following the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

But because MSA is a charter school, it can independently hire guards and decide what type of weapon they want them to use. It decided it would only hire military veterans with combat experience and arm them at all times with 9-millimeter Glock handguns and Kel-Tec RDB 17-inch semi-automatic long-guns.

The first guard, a 15-year U.S. Army veteran who served three tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, has been on campus for a couple of months. The second guard, also a combat veteran, is currently undergoing required training by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Manatee School for the Arts, with a population of 2,100 middle and high school students, is the only school in the county to have a guardian who wears a high-powered weapon during the school day, WTSP reported.

“The long gun gives you a better range,” Jones said, citing the ability to neutralize an intruder from across the cafeteria, for example

“It’ll get the message across. No one will come and try to threaten the school,” said Renferi Milian, 18, a senior at MSA.

But some students’ families say the approach goes too far.

“I don’t like to see the weapon, it gives a bad impression of a war,” said Manuel Barcada, whose grandson attends MSA. “It’s not correct.”

The Louisiana Native Guards – The First African-American Civil War Unit To Go Into Battle

H/T War History OnLine.

In spite of the hype, the 54th Massachusetts was not the first black regiment in the Civil War but The Louisiana Native Guards was the first black regiment.

While the far more well-known 54th Massachusetts Infantry regiment is usually portrayed as the first African-American unit of the American Civil War to have seen combat, the truth is that another African-American unit beat them to the post, going into battle two months before the 54th Massachusetts’ assault on Battery Wagner, a part of the Confederate fort at Port Hudson.

The Louisiana Native Guards, a Union infantry regiment composed of African-American and mixed-race troops, with both white and black officers, assaulted Confederate fortifications at Port Hudson, Louisiana, on May 27, 1863. Thus it became the first African-American regiment to see battle in the Civil War.

Interestingly enough, the Louisiana Native Guards started out as a Confederate unit. Shortly after the Civil War began, a group of free black and mixed-race men who resided in New Orleans held a meeting to discuss where they stood in terms of the war that had just broken out.

Civil War reenactment at Port Hudson Photo by CC BY 3.0

They decided to form a unit and volunteer to fight for the Confederate government, primarily because at that time New Orleans was part of the Confederacy.

It may seem strange to imagine that any African-American would have wanted to fight for the Confederates, who were against the abolition of slavery. However, all of the men who volunteered for the Louisiana Native Guards regiment were free men, and many were of a mixed racial background. Some had been free for generations and were successful, wealthy businessmen.

Officers of Company C of the 1st Louisiana Native Guard at Fort Macomb, Louisiana

What was more, in Louisiana, formerly a French territory, slavery laws had long been different from those in other southern states. Its laws required slaves to be treated more humanely than they were under the horrific chattel slavery prevalent in neighboring states, and in Louisiana easier avenues to freedom for black slaves existed than in other states.

Slaves in Louisiana also had the right to marry and the right to not be separated from their families. Interracial marriages, although illegal, were common enough.

Troops of the Louisiana Native Guard disembarking at Fort Macomb, Louisiana, for guard duty.

In New Orleans there was a particularly high concentration of free African-Americans and people of mixed racial heritage, many of whom were very highly educated, owned property, land and businesses, and in some cases owned slaves of their own. This did not mean, of course, that most of them did not see slavery as the abomination it was – it just meant that things were more complex than in other states or cities.

Why these free African-Americans chose to fight for those who were in favor of maintaining the horrible institution of slavery remains a matter of significant debate. Some theorize that the free black and mixed-race men who volunteered for the Louisiana Native Guards wanted to advance their own or their families’ positions in a segregated society, while others think that they may simply have feared spiteful reprisals if they did not answer the governor’s call for volunteers.

Whatever their reasons for doing so were, 1,500 men ended up volunteering for the Native Louisiana Guards. While the Confederate government initially acted as if it were thrilled that these men had volunteered to fight for the Confederacy, the specter of racial prejudice soon reared its ugly head.

As the question regarding the abolition of slavery in America became an increasingly prominent issue in the war, many Confederate leaders felt that to justify the continuation of the practice of slavery, it was necessary to promote the idea that black men were inferior to white men.

The champions of the Union, lithograph by Currier & Ives, 1861. Banks is among the frontmost standing figures, just left of the central seated figure.

Having a black unit fighting alongside them would negate their belief in white superiority, and therefore they ultimately denied the Louisiana Native Guards the ability to fight for them in battle.

Around a year after the Louisiana Native Guards had been formed – and then disbanded – New Orleans surrendered to the United States Army and Navy. The Union commander, Major General Benjamin Franklin Butler, an abolitionist, decided to see if he could swell the ranks of his Union forces with local volunteers – specifically, men of color.

Benjamin Franklin Butler

The men of the Louisiana Native Guards, who had been humiliated a year earlier by the insulting snub they had received from the leaders of the Confederacy, were only too eager to join up. Now that they felt their futures and positions in society were secure, they wanted to fight against those who wished to preserve the unjust and abominable institution of slavery.

Within a few weeks over a thousand men had signed up. While rules stipulated that only free black men could join, many officers were willing to look the other way and allow runaway slaves, who also came in droves, to join the regiment. On September 27, 1862, the Louisiana Native Guards became the first black regiment to be officially mustered into the Union Army.

Map of early African-American involvement in the Civil War, including the Native Guard at Pascagoula and Port Hudson

Many of the black officers of the regiment were some of the most well-educated, wealthy and highly-respected men of New Orleans, and they were itching to go into battle against the Confederates to prove just how wrong the Confederate leaders had been about their supposed lack of capabilities.

One of these men was Captain Cailloux, who was fluent in both English and French, and who had been educated in France – an education which had included extensive military training.

Nathaniel P. Banks

In May 1863 the men of the Louisiana Native Guards got their chance to taste battle. Now under the command of Major General Nathaniel Banks, the regiment was brought in to assist with the assault on Port Hudson, a Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi.

The stronghold had been fortified extensively – using slave labor – and the men knew that breaking through the fortifications in a frontal assault was going to be a difficult task. Nonetheless, every man of the Louisiana Native Guards was prepared to give his all in the effort to take the fort. Waiting to take on the Union troops were around 6,000 Confederate soldiers, supported by 31 pieces of field artillery and 20 siege guns.

A depiction of the death of Andre Cailloux in battle. Cailloux can be seen with his sword raised. This portrayal places Cailloux and his men much closer to the Confederates than they were. From Frank Leslie’s Journal, June 27, 1863.

From the early hours of the morning Union cannons pounded the fort in preparation for the attack, and at 10 AM the bugle call signaled the advance. The Native Guards charged at a run across half a mile of broken ground, and were hammered with artillery fire from all sides as they advanced.

Determined to prove their courage, they pressed on, refusing to back down even as Confederate troops began to pepper them with musket volleys when they got into range. Captain Cailloux’s arm was shattered by a musket ball, but he nonetheless pressed onward, crying out to his men to follow him and take the fort. A shell hit him next, though, ending his life.

Funeral of Andre Cailloux in New Orleans, July 29, 1863, from the August 29, 1863, edition of Harpers Weekly

After finally being driven back by musket volleys at near point-blank range, the men of the Native Guards reformed and charged again, even though their ranks had been decimated. They were unaware that they were now the only Union unit attacking the fort.

Totally unsupported and heavily outnumbered, they continued their brave assault, jumping into and swimming across the moat in full view of the enemy in their eagerness to attack. Yet again they got to nearly point-blank range before they were driven back by withering fire.

A third courageous charge resulted in the same outcome, and after this the Native Guards were finally ordered to withdraw – which they did in good order, marching off the field of battle in formation, as if on parade, even as the enemy continued to fire on them. After this heroic if futile display of tremendous courage and fighting spirit, nobody could in good conscience believe that black troops were in any way inferior to white soldiers.

After the Louisiana Native Guards had blazed this initial trail, 180,000 black men ended up fighting for the Union over the course of the Civil War.

With Suicidal Courage. US Commander Charges at Japanese Warships.

H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Commander Ernest Edwin Evans August 13, 1908 – October 25, 1944.

“This will be a fight against overwhelming odds from which survival cannot be expected. We will do what damage we can.”

These were reportedly the words of Commander Ernest Edwin Evans in the early hours of October 25, 1944. Just when the sky over the Pacific slowly welcomed the rays of the budding dawn, Evans and his task unit Taffy 3 would find themselves endangered and outnumbered, face to face with a more powerful force.

Sailing on a collision course towards them was a fleet of several Japanese battleships, destroyers, heavy cruisers, and light cruisers. And among this hostile fleet was the monstrous Japanese battleship Yamato—the largest and the most heavily armed battleship in naval history.

Ernest Edwin Evans

As this fierce-looking fleet sailed towards them, brimming with bad intentions, Evans and his group saw their doom looming above them like ominous clouds.

But this would be a time when courage trumped fear, and patriotism overshadowed the instincts of survival. As the small American group braced themselves against overwhelming odds, The Battle of Samar began.

Battle off Samar

This would also be a heroic moment for Evans in particular as he led his ship with outstanding courage against what seemed like certain death. His patriotic sacrifice would earn him the most prestigious decoration of the United States’ military: the Medal of Honor.

Ernest E. Evans, born in Pawnee, Oklahoma on August 13, 1908, was a Native American with Cherokee and Creek blood running in his veins. He joined the U.S. Navy on May 26, 1926, and after one year of service in the enlisted ranks he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Following his graduation from the Academy in June 1931, Evans spent one year at the Naval Air Station, San Diego, California and afterward consecutively served aboard the USS Colorado, USS Roper, and USS Rathburne until August 1933.

He subsequently served for six months at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. Following this, he served as Aviation Gunnery Observer for Scouting Squadron 9 aboard the cruiser USS Pensacola until April 15, 1937.  The next six years would have him serving successively aboard USS Chaumont, USS Cahokia, USS Black Hawk, and USS Alden.

USS Black Hawk

On December 7, 1941, more than two thousand American sailors died during the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. This would precipitate the official involvement of the United States in World War II.

At the time of the event at Pearl Harbor, Evans was serving aboard Alden. As the United States officially joined the war, Evans continued to serve aboard Alden, taking command of the ship in 1942.

USS Alden (DD-211)

On October 27, 1943, the U.S. Navy commissioned the destroyer USS Johnston. That day Evans, having left Alden as a lieutenant commander, took command of Johnston.

He became the first, and indeed the last commander of the new destroyer, for the Battle of Samar would occur on October 25, 1944, just two days before the one-year mark of Johnston’s service.

Evans and his crew had been assigned to the U.S. Navy Task Unit 77.4.3, otherwise known as Taffy 3. This unit comprised six escort carriers, three destroyers, four destroyer escorts, and over a hundred aircraft. Taffy 3 alongside Taffy 1 and 2 had been formed for the long-awaited Battle of the Philippines.

The mission of Taffy 3 included launching ground attack aircraft from the north Leyte Gulf in order to establish air superiority and support infantry assault groups. The destroyers were tasked with protecting the beachhead and the escort carriers against submarine and aircraft attacks.

Destroyers of Taffy 3 making smoke under fire.

In the early hours of October 25, a patrolling aviator saw what he expected to be a group of ships from Admiral Hasley’s 3rd Fleet. But upon taking a closer look, the pilot realized that what was steaming towards Taffy 3 was the Japanese Center Force, and leading this enormous fleet was the gigantic Yamato.

Yamato had a displacement of over 70,000 tons. This was more than the displacement of all of Taffy 3’s ships combined. Alongside Yamato were six heavy cruisers, two light cruisers, four battleships, and about ten destroyers.

Yamato and Musashi anchored in the waters off of the Truk Islands in 1943.

The three Fletcher-class destroyers of Taffy 3 had very light armor which was why sailors referred to them as “Tin Cans.” These Tin Cans stood very little chance against the various 18, 16, 14, 8, and 6-inch guns of the Japanese ships.

The best guns the Fletcher-class destroyers had were 5-inch guns, and these were not strong enough to damage armored ships. The only effective weapons they had against these Japanese battleships and cruisers were their 21-inch Mark-15 torpedoes.

Clearly, Taffy 3 was hopelessly outmatched.

The U.S. Navy escort carrier USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73) and her escorts pictured amidst a smoke screen during a surface action off Samar during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

The escort carriers were at risk, and with the Japanese force swiftly approaching, the beachhead was about to be devastated. The relatively tiny Taffy 3 was all there was between the Japanese and a successful annihilation of the invasion forces.

Within minutes of the report, Yamato launched the first strike, and thus began the Battle of Samar.

Seeing the shells that bracketed the group’s carriers, Evans quickly ordered his crew to set up a protective smokescreen. Because they were too far away to return fire, Evans ordered his ship to go at flank speed towards the enemy fleet, zigzagging his way through a hail of shells from the Japanese battleships.

The Japanese battleship Yamato (right) in action with U.S. carrier planes off during the Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944. Another battleship is in the left distance, steaming in the opposite direction.

When Johnston came close enough to strike, Evans’ crew unleashed over two hundred shells and fired all 10 torpedoes. The torpedoes hit a number of Japanese battleships and cruisers, with Kumano suffering the worst hit.

However, as Evans brought serious trouble to the Japanese, he also made himself a critical target. Several shells scored hits on Johnston, causing serious damages and casualties. Evans was seriously wounded, too.

Kumano in October 1938

Despite the fact that his ship was now limping on one boiler, Evans continued engaging the enemy force in a bid to help protect the escort carriers. By now, Evans was shouting orders through an open hatch to his men who were turning the rudder manually.

He continued to make runs between the Japanese destroyers, making them think he still had torpedoes. The Japanese destroyers broke out of the range of Johnston’s guns and launched torpedo strikes, but none of these torpedoes scored a hit.

USS Johnston (DD 557). Sponsor’s party at her launching at Seattle, March 25, 1943. Mrs. Marie S. Klinger, the sponsor, is second from the right.

However, Evan’s ship had been mortally mangled by the fierce enemy fire during the battle. Seeing there was no way Johnston would survive, Evans ordered everyone to abandon the ship.

The Battle of Samar would end after over two hours, with the Japanese Center Force ultimately failing to achieve their aim.

The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Johnston (DD-557) refueling from the fleet oiler USS Millicoma (AO-73)

Only 141 out of 327 members of Evan’s crew survived after Johnston sank. Evans himself was never found. Initially his fate was considered inconclusive because his body was not found among the dead, but the U.S. Navy eventually declared him dead as well.

The Battle of Samar is remembered for the passionate show of courage and patriotism by the sailors who fought so valiantly for the love of America. And for his courage, brilliance, and sacrifice, Evans received a posthumous decoration of the Medal of Honor.

Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett’s ‘Redacted’ Phone Records Not Enough for Criminal Investigation

H/T Breitbart.

Can you say Hoax and Liberal lie?

The Chicago Police Department said Monday that it does not have enough evidence to launch a criminal investigation into the alleged assault of Empire actor Jussie Smollett after he turned over “limited and redacted phone records” to detectives.

“We are very appreciative of the victim’s cooperation however the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted,” Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement. “Detectives may be following up with him to request additional data to corroborate the investigative timeline.”

Smollett alleges two masked men attacked him along a street in the Streeterville neighborhood as he was walking home from a restaurant on January 29. The 36-year-old alleges they punched him, hurled racist and homophobic insults at him, poured an unknown chemical substance on him, and wrapped a rope around his neck. Guglielmi said the actor told police that the alleged attackers shouted he was in “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

The police report noted that the actor said he initially didn’t want to report the attack, but another person convinced him to do so. The name of the person who encouraged Smollet to call police was redacted in the report, which notes that the person was with Smollet when officers arrived at his Chicago apartment.

When officers arrived at his apartment, Smollett still had a white rope draped around his neck. The report also noted that officers turned off their body cameras at Smollett’s request — a reasonable request from crime victims, according to police.

No arrests have been made but police continue to collect and review surveillance video from the area and look for possible witnesses. Police are also going to stores to ask employees if they recall selling rope to anyone and to determine if security camera footage shows someone buying the kind of rope that was tied, noose-like, around Smollet’s neck.

“We are starting to search stores to see if any of this kind of rope was purchased in the area,” Guglielmi said.

The downtown Chicago area wehre the alleged attack occured has many hotels and restaurants and has widespread surveillance video coverage, and although police have found footage of Smollett making his way home — including video of him arriving at his building with a rope around his neck — they have not found footage of the attack or men fitting his description of his assailants.

Guglielmi tweeted photos of the “persons of interest” one day after the alleged assault.

Anthony Guglielmi

@AJGuglielmi

CASE UPDATE: Hours ago detectives located a surveillance camera that shows potential persons of interest wanted for questioning in reference to the assault & battery of Empire actor. A community alert w/ photos is being constructed and will be disseminated shortly.

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Anthony Guglielmi

@AJGuglielmi

Photos of people of interest who were in area of the alleged assault & battery of Empire cast member. While video does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously & wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed pic.twitter.com/xJDDygtocr

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Smollett and his family have defended themselves against allegations leveled on social media that he has been less than cooperative and changed his story. “I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level,” the actor said in a statement to ESSENCE magazine. “Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served. ”

Several days after the story broke, Smollett gave a concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, telling the audience that if he did not perform his attackers would win. Addressing the nightclub with attendees that included Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Hollywood producer Lee Daniels, Smollett vowed: “I had to be here tonight, y’all. I can’t let the motherfuckers win.”

“I have so many words on my heart. The most important thing I have to say is thank you so much and that I’m okay,” he said. “I’m not fully healed yet, but I’m going to. And I’m gonna stand strong with y’all.  l will always stand for love. I will never stand for anything other than that. Regardless of what anyone else says, I will only stand for love. And I hope that you all will stand with me.”